Mid Ulster course will help families understand Alzheimer’s

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People in Mid Ulster who are caring for someone with dementia are being offered the chance to learn more about the disease and how it affects the individual in a series of courses being run by the Alzheimer’s Society .

The courses aim to help carers understand more about the condition and its symptoms, including the sort of behaviours that people may display which can at times be challenging.

By understanding more about dementia the courses help people to cope better with caring for the individual.

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Worker in Mid Ulster, Aoife McMaster, spokeof the frustration which some carers feel.

She said: “Relatives of people with dementia often say that it can be really frustrating when someone doesn’t want to change their clothes, have a shower or sleep at night, especially if the person doesn’t accept that there is anything wrong with them.

“Understanding how the person is trying to make sense of the world, and how they feel about the losses they are experiencing, can help relatives to be more patient and cope better.

“This, in turn, helps the person with dementia to be more content.

Aoife added: “The courses will also help people to better understand the changes that occur as dementia progresses and there will be the opportunity for carers to discuss the difficulties they face and what tactics work for them.”

A carer who attended one of the new workshops said she had learned useful new tips, and changed her understanding of the disease.

“It has completely changed the way I think about my Dad and his behaviour. I’ve passed on lots of tips to the rest of my family and so it’s had a big impact on us.’

For more information contact the Aoife McMaster on 07860258728 to find out more and to book a place on the next programme in your local area.

The Alzheimer’s Society Carer Information and Support Programme courses run for four weeks

According to recent QOF data there are 5,244 people with dementia in the Northern Trust area, which includes Cookstown and Magherafelt.

Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK will have a form of dementia by 2015. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to two million people by 2051

Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 Billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them

Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Alzheimer’s Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. We rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk